For the most current schedule of tours, programs, volunteer workdays, and other events hosted by the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, click on the Alliance News above, select Newsletters and then select the most current newsletter from the list.


FEBRUARY - Annual Alliance Winter Hike
2019: Saturday, February 2. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Explosive Road Parking Lot. We will hike south on Henslow Trail to the Prairie Creek Bridge. Dress appropriately. If it snows, bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis.  Lunch to follow at Hayden's Crossing Restaurant in Wilmington. 
MARCH - Annual Alliance Spring Hike
2019: Sunday, March 24.  Meet at 10 a.m. at the Wauponsee Glacial Trail (WGT) Parking Lot.  We will hike south on the WGT to the Bailey Bridge Trail.  Lunch to follow at the Road House Restaurant in Manhattan. 

MARCH - 2019 Annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet & Silent Auction
2019 - Is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2019, 4 p.m. at the Renaissance Center in downtown Joliet.  This invitation only event recognizes the many volunteers who qualified with their service times during the year with a dinner, awards and short program.  We are accepting items for the Silent Auction.  All proceeds will be placed in the Alliance Bison Fund and used for bison related purchases. 
JULY- Alliance Annual Meeting & Picnic - 2019 Date TBD
2018:  Saturday, July 21. Midewin volunteers, staff, friends, and family are invited to an evening potluck picnic and (very short) Alliance meeting on the Midewin Supervisor's Office back patio.  The Alliance will supply the meats/veggies and beverages.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Food served at 6 p.m., rain or shine. 
JULY- Alliance Annual Day Trip Outing - 2019 Date TBD
2018:  Sunday, July 22.  Meet at 11 a.m.  A guided tour of Powderhorn Marsh & Prairie near Hegewisch, IL.  Lunch at Pullman Café with a guided tour after.  Please RSVP to Jerry Heinrich at or 815)476-6171.  More details in our latest newsletter.
SEPTEMBER - National Public Lands Day - 2019 Date TBD
2018: Saturday, September 29.  All are welcome to volunteer to help harvest seed, enhance public trails, protect historical sites, and monitor streams, etc. Project teams fill up fast -- to RSVP contact Kathryn Gorman, Midewin Volunteer Coordinator at (815) 423-2148.  Bring a bag lunch, the Alliance will provide drinks and snack.

DECEMBER - Midewin Alliance Holiday Dinner
2018:  Thursday, December 20, 5 p.m.  Williamson's Restaurant, New Lenox. The Alliance Board of Directors welcome Alliance members to meet them for an informal holiday dinner prior to the Board meeting.
2014 Summer Outing to Sweet Fern

2009 Summer Picnic at Iron Bridge Trailhead

The Alliance provides lunch to volunteers at NPLD.

Celebrating 15 years of volunteer service: Sally Planic and Don Grisham with Prairie Supervisor Wade Spang.